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22-Year-Old Man With Sleep Paralysis Recreates His Nightmares In Photos, And It’s Terrifying
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22-Year-Old Man With Sleep Paralysis Recreates His Nightmares In Photos, And It’s Terrifying

Photographer Nicolas Bruno spends his days like the rest of us, but his nights are very different. And terrifying. 22 year-old Nicolas has been suffering from sleep paralysis for 7 years now, which means that he experiences his nightmares more vividly than regular sleepers.

Sleep paralysis is a condition that happens when we are about to enter rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. In it, our bodies paralyze themselves to stop us from acting out our dreams, but Bruno’s mind is awake and experiencing horrific hallucinations. This forced him into insomnia and depression: “I thought I was possessed by demons,” he said.

Everything changed when one high school teacher suggested he should document these terrors. He has been battling his fears with photography ever since. “This project has gifted me a sense of who I am,” he said. “It gave me the strength to persevere in life, to create art and speak to people. It gifted me art, and I don’t know where I would be without it.”

More info: nicolasbrunophotography.com | FacebookInstagram (h/t: cnn, lostateminor)

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Talitha Calamia
Community Member
5 years ago

I've had this issue since I was 10 years old and I'm 35 now. Not until 5 years ago I learned how to deal with it. I know what's happening in my mind so I try not to fight it. The more I try to wake myself up the worse the dreams and feeling in my body gets. So I try to coach myself to go back to sleep.

Richa Kharshandi
Community Member
5 years ago

i do the same. I have been dealing with sleep paralysis since 4 years. I don't fight back now. I just keep myself calm and try to sleep back.

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Alexandra Lee
Community Member
5 years ago

IF ti's a series of photos, why can't they present them without video format? So many aren't available in my country...

Daisy Quintero
Community Member
5 years ago

Alexandra, visit his page: http://nicolasbrunophotography.com/ There are a series of photos...hope this helps

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Zori the degu
Community Member
5 years ago

I feel so sorry for him. I`ve heard about this condition but it seems far worse than I thought. Having nightmares is terrifying and what can we say about having this condition.

Dániel Huszka
Community Member
5 years ago

almost every week, i have at least 1 Sleep Paralysis. For me its a nightmare before i wake up. Its terrible when a monster comes to you and you cant move scream shout. You feel the pain, you think you woke up and its done, but no. One second later the monster comes again... and again... and again... after you "died" 5-10 times you dont know if u are in rl or not. And in the end you just want to die to end your suffer... and ta dam you woke up for example at 2 am, so you have to go back to sleep....

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Talitha Calamia
Community Member
5 years ago

I've had this issue since I was 10 years old and I'm 35 now. Not until 5 years ago I learned how to deal with it. I know what's happening in my mind so I try not to fight it. The more I try to wake myself up the worse the dreams and feeling in my body gets. So I try to coach myself to go back to sleep.

Richa Kharshandi
Community Member
5 years ago

i do the same. I have been dealing with sleep paralysis since 4 years. I don't fight back now. I just keep myself calm and try to sleep back.

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Alexandra Lee
Community Member
5 years ago

IF ti's a series of photos, why can't they present them without video format? So many aren't available in my country...

Daisy Quintero
Community Member
5 years ago

Alexandra, visit his page: http://nicolasbrunophotography.com/ There are a series of photos...hope this helps

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Zori the degu
Community Member
5 years ago

I feel so sorry for him. I`ve heard about this condition but it seems far worse than I thought. Having nightmares is terrifying and what can we say about having this condition.

Dániel Huszka
Community Member
5 years ago

almost every week, i have at least 1 Sleep Paralysis. For me its a nightmare before i wake up. Its terrible when a monster comes to you and you cant move scream shout. You feel the pain, you think you woke up and its done, but no. One second later the monster comes again... and again... and again... after you "died" 5-10 times you dont know if u are in rl or not. And in the end you just want to die to end your suffer... and ta dam you woke up for example at 2 am, so you have to go back to sleep....

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